The Irondale High School football team has played only one game against a North Suburban Conference opponent through the first four weeks of the season. The Knights have some catching up to do in terms of numbers of games played but they do control their own destiny when it comes to claiming a conference championship.
Nearly 30 Metro-area high schools will be switching conference affiliation at the end of the current school year. These changes will affect all three Bulletin-area high schools.
Irondale High School is one of those schools moving to a new conference. Mounds View and St. Anthony Village aren’t switching conferences but their current conferences will see some membership changes.
With only a few returning starters on the roster this year, the Mounds View High School football team was a bit of a question mark as season approached. The Mustangs have put up some big point-totals in three victories but those wins are against teams with a combined record of 2-7.
When the decision was made to fold the North Suburban Conference earlier this year, it put the football rivalry between Irondale and Spring Lake Park in jeopardy. That rivalry is strong enough that the two teams had created a traveling trophy that goes to the winner of their annual regular-season meeting.
There was a chance that those annual games would cease if the two schools ended up in different conferences but luckily they ended up being placed together in the Northwest Suburban Conference. That means that Irondale will get a chance to defend the Block Trophy next year after winning it from Spring Lake Park last Friday.
A pair of home losses has the St. Anthony Village High School football team sitting at 0-2 for the first time in eight years. The Huskies dropped game No. 2 last Friday to Blake.
The Bears overcame a game-opening, kickoff-return touchdown by holding the Huskies’ offense to just one score. Meanwhile, Blake’s offense scored five times in the 35-13 victory.
St. Anthony got its points from Zach Siggelkow, who returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, and Chris Schieffer, who caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Justice Spriggs in the third quarter.
Half of the schools in the Suburban East Conference are located in Washington County. Mounds View has faced the football teams from two of those schools in the first two weeks of the season and has rolled to a pair of big victories.
The Mustangs opened the season with a 20-point win over Woodbury and followed that up with a 48-17 pasting of Park-Cottage Grove last Friday.
Players with varsity experience are few on the Mounds View High School football team’s roster this season but that didn’t seem to hamper the Mustangs in their season opener last Thursday at Woodbury. Mounds View kicked off the 2013 campaign with a 20-point victory over the Royals.
Matt Hunt found the end zone three times for Mounds View, which rolled to a 27-7 victory.
With only two players missing from last year’s squad, the Mounds View High School volleyball team is prepared to make a run at the Suburban East Conference championship. Head coach Tom Weko sees a wide open league.
“Everybody lost some key players and that leaves some weaknesses,” said Weko. “I think we have just as good of a chance as anyone of winning the conference.”